Trust host Tri-Series Trials at Lightstream Stadium
Earlier this week, the Hull Kingston Rovers Community Trust began a new project to find the next generation of young rugby league players in East Yorkshire by launching the new Tri-Series Trials at the Lightstream Stadium.
Introduced for the first time for the current school year, the competition pitches pupils from East Hull, West Hull and the East Riding schools against each other with the aim of finding untapped athletes with the potential to forge a career in rugby league.
With each of the three sides overseen by a community coach from the Trust, senior staff from the City of Hull Academy were also on-hand to cast their eye over those taking part.
Following the trials, the final squads for the East Hull, West Hull and East Riding teams have now been finalised, with the three sides now set to face each other in a three-part competition starting on November 20th.
Club sponsor Teckno has also backed the project by providing three new kits for the teams to wear when the serious action gets underway next month.
Hull Kingston Rovers Community Trust manager Helen Schofield said: “This is the first time we have ever tried something like this but it’s been a huge success so far, with a good turnout of pupils earlier this week taking part in the initial trials.
“With Hull being such a strong hotbed of rugby league, inter-school competitions are common place and form a key part of a young player’s development alongside the community clubs. However, the focus of the Tri-Series Trials was to unearth new players or young people who only play rugby league on a casual basis.
“Players who are already on the books at a community club aren’t the focus for this project, instead it’s about working with good young athletes who play other sports and getting them interested in rugby league or taking players who perhaps play for their school team with friends and helping them take the next step on the pathway.
“I’d like to thank our partner schools, the coaching staff from the City of Hull Academy and Teckno for their continued support so far and we’re all looking forward to the first competitive match in November.”